Are YOU Sheltering in Place?

Free Envelope Mini-Album TutorialWe are all being affected in some way by the current pandemic and if you are “sheltering in place” with the kids at home too,  you will probably be going a bit nuts soon.  This isn’t like vacation time when you can take them to activities or a ballgame What will you do to keep them entertained besides allowing television and video games in between school work? I have a great idea… make this envelope mini-album!  Only instead of calling it “Road Trip” as I did here, you can title it with “What  I did during the pandemic of 2020.  Since so many kids have a cell phone, you can have them each take a picture of something they are doing every day.

My mother doesn’t remember anything like it before.

Here’s the thing…  I was talking to my mother who is 80 and she doesn’t remember anything ever happening like this, and she lived through the polio outbreak ( I remember getting sugar cubes in kindergarten with the vaccine in it).  Documenting now what is happening and what you are doing during it will be treasured in 50 years when you can share it with your great-grandkids. OK, lots of us won’t be sharing “in person” but this little album will be passed down, and this pandemic will make the history books. Imagine someone reading your first-hand account of your living through it.

The album is pretty easy to make, and just takes 4 envelopes, some scrapbook paper, and some thin cardboard for the cover. You can receive the complete tutorial when you sign up for my mailing list!  You will also receive weekly e-mails about tips,  scrapbooking and card sketches and of course, specials too that you won’t want to miss.

You can sign up in the box to the right or click here.   So keep sheltering in place and create some great memories in the process.


Here Are My Stamping New Year’s Resolutions! What Are Yours???

What are your stamping resolutions

I know it seems kind of strange with everyone making resolutions about life for New Years I am making stamping resolutions. Stamping is a major part of my world so it seems right to want to accomplish more this year since I let life get in the way last year but I want to do so much more this year thus my stamping New Year’s resolutions.

  1. Learn and share more techniques. I have learned lots of different techniques over the years, some are standard “go to” techniques that I probably use too much and some I left behind long ago. I want to unearth and share those older techniques that may have been forgotten about and learn new ones to share with you and enhance my own cardmaking and scrapbooking.
  2. Have an organized workspace so I want to stamp. Let’s face it, it is hard to get motivated surrounded by clutter. My goal this year is not only to get my space organized but to keep it that way. This will require some diligence as it is not my normal situation.
  3. Try new color combinations. I enjoy color but sometimes it is harder to break away from the traditional to the innovative in working with colors. In order to complete this endeavor, I can rely on the Close to my Heart Color Guide.  I will also be posting “Color Challenges” to help you with expanding your use of color.
  4. Complete one scrapbook page a week. I find it hard to actually find time to complete a scrapbook page without my mind wandering into the “what should I be doing right now” tunnel. I believe it is just as important to preserve one’s memories as it is to clean the house or do the laundry. I will accomplish this by posting a sketch every Monday and my take on the sketch sometime during the week.
  5. Finish one card a week. I hate paying good money for cards. $6.95 is ridiculous and most of the time the card isn’t that impressive. I would rather keep a stock of cards in a variety of occasions that I make myself at a MUCH less expensive price. I know my recipient will appreciate a handmade card so much more, and more likely keep it longer than a store bought card.

Do you have resolutions for your creative side? I would love to be able to help you achieve them. Post a comment below and share that resolution with me and when it is complete, send me a picture of your creation so I can post it here on the blog.

My Favorite One Hit Wonder, What’s Yours?

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Happy National One Hit Wonder Day!

I was given the challenge to write a post about my favorite one hit wonder. Before I share my favorite with you, I want to explain what exactly what constitutes a one hit wonder for those of you who have never heard of this, especially outside of the United States.

Taken from Wikipedia:

A one-hit wonder is a musical artist who is successful with one hit song, but without a comparable subsequent hit. The term may also be applied to an artist who is remembered for only one hit despite other successes. This list contains artists known primarily for one hit song in the United States, who are described as one-hit wonders by the media. To qualify, an artist had to have – or sing on – just one national Top 40 Hit.

I had a good idea that the song I chose for my wedding in 1979, “You Light up My Life”  by Debby Boone would be on there (#2) since I couldn’t remember anything else the artist did, and a secondary song, “Loving You” by Minnie Riperton,  from our marriage was on there too. The marriage didn’t last either (things that make you go hmm.) I did a google search and found a website that listed the top 100 one-hit wonders (link at the bottom of this article).  As I read the songs my youth flashed before my mind. So many of these songs I knew and sang along with too.

Do you remember the Macarena? Yep #1, and if you are older, like me you might remember a song called “Short People” by Randy Newman which in today’s environment would be very politically incorrect!  Have some fun checking out these and more at

I told you I would share my favorite one-hit wonder with you, it was #42 Harper Valley PTA by Jeannie C Riley.  I guess it shows a dark side somewhere in my mind LOL.

Leave a comment below and tell me what YOUR favorite one-hit wonder is.



Veterans Day Special – Thank You for Your Service

Today will be a busy day here in our little piece of heaven, Veterans Day Thank you for your servicemeans many different things to my husband who served during the Vietnam War. Since he didn’t hear thank you’s when he came home (he still thinks about it 40+ years later) his heart swells with gratitude because he is often thanked now. I am so glad the soldiers of today are much more appreciated than back then.

For Gary, today is a day where he can eat free all day long if he wants. So many places offer veterans free meals today in appreciation for their service. I believe his plan this year is to go to Denny’s for breakfast, Sizzler for lunch and Red Robin for dinner! I feel stuffed just thinking about it. There will be aching feet after hours of lines by the end of the day, but then I think about how long soldiers are on their feet all of their military career. Whether it be boot camp marching in formations or raging into battle.

We have many that have served in our family tree going back many generations. I will post pictures on my facebook page today. I honor them today along with all the men and woman who have served this country and made us safe.

Thank you for your service.  Any veteran or military wife active or veteran will receive a free gift when ordering on my website today.   Thank you for your service.  

Trump as President – Remember to Journal Your Feelings

Journaling is important for your posterityI for one am very glad this election is over and we can go back to all the other intrusive commercials 🙂 I expect that we will now start seeing all the Christmas ads more frequently now.

This country was very divided in this election and whether you were a supporter of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or Gary Johnson it is important that you take time today to journal your feelings. This was a historic election in so many ways and your feelings are important and there will be someone in your family tree that will find your thoughts interesting.

I have a scrapbook that I keep of just my own likes, dislikes, thoughts and feelings. We, as scrapbookers tend to not make the scrapbooks very often because we are usually behind the camera so I think it is important that there is some documentation of my own life as well.

I am going to re-start the “Daily Journaling Question” on my twitter feed every morning. You may not be able to write about it right away, but put the question on the top of your page to write about later, or even a post-it note to write about when you are stuck and don’t know what to write about.

Do you have a scrapbook or journal about you? If you said yes what do you write about or if not, is this something you would be interested in starting? Leave a comment below and you might win a journal to begin your journey with!

Did You Turn Back Your Clocks?

So much to do, So little timeThis article was first published by Readers Digest, but I found so much of it interesting I wanted to share it with you.  When you finish, leave me a comment and tell me if you think we should end daylight savings time or continue to adjust clocks twice a year.

Benjamin Franklin came up with the idea of Daylight Saving But it was a joke. In 1784, Franklin penned a satirical letter to the editor of the Journal of Paris outlining how many pounds of candle wax the city would save (64,050,000, according to his calculations) if only its clocks were better aligned with the rise and set of the sun. If residents had trouble adjusting, he also suggested the city ‘let cannon be fired in every street, to wake the sluggards effectually.’ Now that’s a wake-up call.

The idea wasn’t taken seriously until 1907
More than a century after Franklin’s letter, a British builder named William Willet became the champion of Daylight Saving, and lobbied Parliament to adjust the time in April and September in order to take full advantage of the day’s light. It is said the idea came to him after riding his horse one summer morning and noticing how many blinds were still down, which signaled to him the sunlight was going to waste.

Daylight Saving Time became law during World War I
Germany and several other European countries had already mandated DST as a way of reducing electricity and thereby saving coal for the war effort. Recent studies have called this line of thinking into question, with researchers crunching data to decide whether or not DST really does save energy.

Our changing clocks have led to a fair share of confusion
After World War II, America repealed its national law requiring states to institute DST. Some towns decided to stick with it and some didn’t, which ultimately resulted in chaos. One 35-mile bus ride from Mounsville, West Virginia to Steubenville, Ohio, took riders through seven different time changes. At one point, even the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota were on different clocks. In 1966, the Uniform Time Act standardized DST from the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October.

More sunlight equals more sales
As it turns out, when Americans have an extra hour of sunlight in the summer, we spend millions more on golf outings and barbecues. In 1986, when Congress changed DST from six months to seven, the golf industry said the extra month brought in $200 million in additional sales of golf clubs and greens fees. The barbecue industry said the extra month was worth $100 million in sales of grills and charcoal briquettes.

Candy makers also have a lot at stake
‘For 25 years, candy makers have wanted to get trick-or-treating covered by Daylight Saving, figuring that if children have an extra hour of daylight, they’ll collect more candy,’ Michael Downing, author of Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time, said on NPR. During the 1985 hearings on DST, the candy lobby even went so far as to put candy pumpkins on the seat of every senator.

The number of accidents and heart attacks increases
Sleepyheads beware: A 2009 study found that Daylight Saving resulted in a whopping 5.7 percent increase in workplace injuries. Another study found that the number of heart attacks surge as much as 24 percent on the Monday following our spring forward into Daylight Saving Time.

But the rate of crime goes down
The U.S. Law Enforcement Assistance Administration found that crime has consistently dropped during DST by 10 percent top 13 percent.

Some states just have to be different
Because the federal government has no law requiring states to observe DST, Hawaii and Arizona are the exceptions to the Daylight-Saving rule. At one point, Colorado wanted to implement DST year-round, in order to save residents from the ‘aggravation of resetting their clocks.’ In Texas, Republican Rep. Dan Flynn, authored a bill to exempt his state from observing DST entirely, with part of his argument focusing on the effect it might have on the start time of NFL games. The Texas House of Representatives turned this one down.

Don’t expect everyone to be on time
In a 2010 study by Rasmussen Reports, 27 percent of respondents admitted they’d been an hour early or late at least once in their lives because they hadn’t changed their clocks correctly. Remember: It’s spring forward; fall back.

Help Your Kids Keep a Journal

I wanted to share with you some thoughts after receiving an e-mail from a friend about their weekend. Here is an excerpt –

Keeping memories foreverOn Saturday, my family attended the annual Gleason Gras.  Gleason Gras is a charity event supporting former New Orleans Saints Safety, Steve Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS six years ago.  (That’s a picture of John and Steve from Saturday)
Drew Brees, quarterback for the Saints, is a teammate of Steve’s, and a big supporter of the cause.  
At some point, he was throwing footballs to the attendees.  He saw John waving his hands for a pass… threw a perfect spiral in his direction… and John caught it!
My son caught a pass from a Superbowl Champion quarterback (and his NFL hero)!
It’s a memory he will have for the rest of his life, but here’s the thing…who will tell John’s children or grandchildren. What if John looses his memory, this moment in his life with ‘his hero” ? 
There is a very easy way to catch those memories for future generations with minimal effort. It’s called Pocket Scrapbooking!  All you have to do is slide your picture in the protector and have your child journal a line or two about the event.  Here are a couple of the journal cards to give you an idea of how easy it is to just get your child to do a couple sentences for the Picture my Life Scrapbooking.

9/11 Fifteen Years Later

I don’t want to post old images of the twin towers or re-live that day through pictures, I am sure that the news will do plenty of that today – like we could EVER forget it.

I want to share one current bit of trivia – however not trivial at all.

Survivor of 9/11 The 9/11 Survivor Tree at the 9/11 Memorial in NYC: the little tree was found damaged and burned at Ground Zero. It was removed from the site and nursed back to health, then returned to the memorial later on. It now thrives as a tribute to healing, growth, and restoration

Have you take time to record where you were on this day in history?  In 50 or 60 years it will not be prominent on ever channel of the news like so many moments in history… Pearl Harbor, Vietnam War, the day the depression started. Kids will have to learn about it in school. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to make it a more meaningful lesson since they only need look at your scrapbook to know where you were, your thoughts and feelings about that day?  I am challenging you to create that layout this week. I haven’t done it either, so I will complete the challenge with you.

Tomorrow is Motivational Monday and I will post a sketch geared toward the 2 page layout I will create. I will share it with you later in the week.

What do you think? Don’t wait until you can no longer remember. Please leave a comment below and share other days in our life history that should be remembered.  My prayers go out to all the families affected by this terrible act May you be comforted this 15th anniversary of the 9-11 attack.

I Survived Another Year at the Utah County Fair!

The Utah CouContact me if interested in the 2017 Fairnty Fair happens every year, the third week-end in August. I have 4 days of pure craziness trying to make everyone happy, and today I don’t have the think in “fair mode”. I am the Vendor Coordinator for the Utah County Fair and I try very hard to make this event a success for all the vendors that have chosen to join us.

While we did not have a carnival this year ( I contracted with a local carnival provider and they went under in April) I do believe it was another successful year.

Look for your Motivational Monday Sketch to be posted a bit later today.

It’s National Teacher Appreciation Day

Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day. Frankly I think as far as K-12, every day should be Teacher Appreciation Day.  I have many teachers in my family tree and some of the stories about the way kids talk to teachers, strike out, bully and so much more, I have come to the conclusion that you have to be EXTREMELY dedicated to making a difference in the lives of these children.

Teacher raise our leaders of tomorrow.



National Teacher Appreciation Day 2016 free food, beer from Chipotle, World of Beer |

It’s National Teacher Appreciation Day 2016, and for teachers across the country, that means a chance to score some sweet freebies and deals at a few generous chains.

This year, Chipotle is leading the pack with a buy one entree, get one free deal for teachers, pre-school faculty and staff, college professors and homeschooling parents who show a school or homeschool ID card. The promotion runs from 3 p.m. to closing time on Tuesday May 3.

Also in Upstate NY, World of Beer locations nationwide are offering a free Angry Orchard cider or Sam Adams beer to teachers on Tuesday, or $5 off their bill in lieu of a beer.

A number of other national retailers, including New York & Co. and Anne Taylor Loft, are offering teachers special discounts today and all week long. See the full list and check the offers from International Business Times.

National Teacher Day was originally declared on May 7 back in the 1980s, but was later extended to Teacher Appreciation Week (the first week if May) in 1985. The National Education Association later voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day every year, according to WWBT-TV.

Nuclear accident at Three Mile Island

Three Mile Island MemorialIt happened 37 years ago, and if you don’t remember this by hearing it all over the news then you learned about it in history class. Still the worst accident in the U.S. nuclear power industry, Three Mile Island’s pressure valve doesn’t , cooling water contaminated with radiation begins to drain into everything around it and the core is dangerously begins to overheat.

This is not unlike ourselves if you have ever left an open soda or a simple glass of water on  your scrapbook table. You think it is safe, and out of the way and then it happens… either you spill the soda or you realize the sweat from your glass is running into that cardstock you set aside for a few minutes. Whatever the disaster we get dangerously close to our own overheating point.  What is the worst disaster that has happened on your own scrapbook table? Leave a comment below and tell me your disaster and if anything you were able to do to save your project. How do you prevent this from happening now?

It is Motivational Monday so I have your motivation for the week in the form of a single page sketch with 2 – 4″ x 6″ photos and a big arrow journal box. I look forward to seeing your layouts.

Scrapbook Map for two photosEvery month I offer a drawing for all those that have taken the time to do your take on the Motivational Monday Sketch for a free gift. Very few people take advantage of this contest so your odds are pretty good! Send your layout to or you can take a picture and text it to 801-597-4896.

If you have any questions about this scrapbook sketch or any crafting help, just drop me a note and I am happy to help you!

Who Wants Pi for Motivational Monday?

Pi Day Picture 3.14Today I would be remiss if I didn’t write about National Pi Day.  As many of you know, I have 4 boys living in my home at the moment that are math whiz kids, so it is only natural that National Pi Day be celebrated in our home. The two older boys, James and Kyler made Kyler's Pie for Pi Daypudding pies to share with other kids at school doing the same thing.

Pi Day, the math holiday that is celebrated every March 14, is one of the newest holidays on the school year calendar, although pi as a mathematical figure has been around since the BC years, according to Hollywood Life. Pi Day got its start thanks to Larry Shaw, a man who worked in the electronics group at the Exploratorium in San Francisco in 1988.

This year, Pi Day is particularly unique, as the first few digits of pi round to 3.1416. As a result, there are several people who have dubbed today “Rounded Pi Day,” with several memes suggesting that celebrations should include a rounded pie of some shape or creation.

Hello Scrapbook Page 5 PhotosToday’s sketch used two White Daisy cardstock, two pieces B&T Patterned papers and two additional pieces of cardstock. If you choose a paper pack you like, will get 2 of 6 double sided papers that all coordinate so it takes the guesswork out of matching patterns and colors.  The solid colored cardstock is no longer included in the My Reflections Paper Packs as the trend moved toward using more pattern papers. You can deal with this in a couple of ways. You can buy a multi-pack of cardstock which includes 2 sheets of 10 colors in the color family that matches your chosen papers, or you can purchase the cardstock from me at $1 per sheet (plus postage if not local).

Take a 12″ x 12″ and cut 1″ off the top side.  Then cut 2″ off the 12″ side putting the 10″x 11″ on the left side and the 2″ strip on the right.  The green dot in this case is 8″ x 11″ on left and 4″ x 11″.  The blue peacock cardstock on the right is 8″ x 10″. Your mats are cut to fit your photos

When you complete your layout, send me a picture at either or text it to 801-597-4896. We can all use page maps, templates, or scrabook sketches, whatever you call them, they are very helpful to break through a design roadblock.


What Does the MLK Holiday Mean to You?

I remember growing up that February Perfect layout for birthday picturewas a great month because we celebrated 2 president’s birthdays and it meant two 3-day weekends in a row. Now they have to share their birthdays into “President’s Day” so we can celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday. I don’t know about you, but the kids were just home for two weeks and I wasn’t quite ready to have them home all day again.  I know Civil Rights are important but we celebrated Lincoln for abolishing slavery so why do we make him share with the first president instead of changing everything around?  This post will probably get me into trouble with some, but I have yet to see anyone in any of the places I live do anything to celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday. It seems like just another excuse for the government offices to be closed, the post office not to deliver the mail and kids to be home. Maybe it should be a regional holiday like Pioneer’s Day in Utah. Alright, I admit I am getting closer to 60 each year and I still wish school started the Tuesday following Labor Day and ended at the end of the 2nd week in June… they were things we could rely on like George and the cherry tree.

Leave a comment below and tell me what you are doing on this Martin Luther King’s Birthday.

Creatively,  Carol



Happy New Year 2016!

May all your wishes come true in 2016I would like to wish you all a Very Happy New Year!   I have lots of wonderful things coming in 2016 and I can’t wait to share them with you.  My Goal for this year is a blog post every day, projects, sketches, and specials. So come on back when the sun comes up and see what I have for you.